Beyond the Billboard

Beyond the Billboard

3.37 (115 ratings by Goodreads)
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Almost nobody knows that thirteen-year-old Firebird Tucker and her family exist. Firebird is not allowed to leave their wilderness swamp hidden from prying eyes by a massive billboard, not even to go to school. And she must never, ever talk to strangers.
But suddenly, strangers are everywhere. And despite her family's insistence that nothing can change, everything does. In the midst of the turmoil, Firebird finally finds what she's been looking for--a way out.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 127 x 213.4 x 25.4mm | 317.52g
  • Harcourt Children's Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0152059830
  • 9780152059835
  • 2,106,246

About Susan Gates

SUSAN GATES was a teacher in Africa and England before she became a full-time writer. She's written many children's books, including the teen novel "Dusk." She lives in England.
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Rating details

115 ratings
3.37 out of 5 stars
5 19% (22)
4 21% (24)
3 43% (50)
2 11% (13)
1 5% (6)

Our customer reviews

This book surprised me. I liked it a lot. Firebird and Ford are thirteen-year-old twins. They have lived all of their life with their grandma and dad because their mother died in childbirth. Trapper, the dad, is in the eel business. Ford and Trapper spend all their days hunting eel in the swamp where they live. Firebird sits and looks at a billboard which hides them from the outside and dreams of seeing faraway places. She also makes purses out of eel skins and colorful feathers. Her grandma takes them and puts them in a locked cupboard. One day, Firebird runs out of feathers and looks in the cupboard for some more. To her surprise there aren't any purses there. Her grandmother has been lying to her. Firebird then follows her into the city and finds that grandma has been selling her purses there. This floors Firebird and causes her to wonder what is true in her life. I liked BEYOND THE BILLBOARD but at times I needed to suspend belief. I don't think that people can live so close to a big city with children and no one would know. But, if you can believe that, then the story is excellent and the mystery is interesting. I had a hard time with the eels but the characters are great. I wanted to be Firebird's friend. I also want to know more about the twins. If you find this book then read it. It is a good more
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